Articles by: James Swackhammer

James is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office

How to start off with Pre-Made SOLIDWORKS Parts

Sheet Metal Part with Pre-made Features

The final chapter in my SOLIDWORKS Part Template Series is to start off with pre-made parts. If your company is one that has a set amount of jigs and fixtures, or creates similar parts all the time with some dimensional changes then pre-made SOLIDWORKS Parts is for you. One thing that could save time is…

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How to specify where SOLIDWORKS should look for Document Templates

SOLIDWORKS File Locations

So you created the much needed SOLIDWORKS Part template, but you can’t seemed to load it. Not to worry – I will show you how to add templates to SOLIDWORKS with an option called “File Locations”. With SOLIDWORKS open, pick on the top cog icon and click “Options”, or select Tools > Options At about…

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How to add more Properties to the Standard SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List

SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List

The standard SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List that is included with SOLIDWORKS are decent and cover most needs, but what if you want more? There is a solution that comes in two forms. The first is quite simple: in the “Property Name” field at the bottom of your already great list, click in the box and…

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How to add a Date automatically to SOLIDWORKS Custom File Properties

In my last article I touched on populating the File Properties in a SOLIDWORKS Part template to reduce typing. But what about adding dates? If only we could have dates automatically appear for us. Well, I have some specific codes that can be input to populate a SOLIDWORKS Custom Property Date. Magic! This is the…

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How to add SOLIDWORKS Part Template File Properties

Summary Information Dialog

In my previous post I described the steps for creating a SOLIDWORKS Part Template, but what happens next? Now it’s time to edit the Part template and add file properties which can save a lot of needless, repetitive typing. There are two reliable methods of opening previously saved templates: Find where they are saved and drag/drop…

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Step-by-step Guide for creating a SOLIDWORKS Part Template

Making a SOLIDWORKS Part Template is a quick and easy way to model in the desired unit of measure, have the appropriate visual qualities and have other specific settings turned on or off. Below is a step by step process of how to create a simple part template tailored to your company’s needs. This process…

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